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Solon Economist

Maybe next year: City declines parade move

Football parents ask for return downtown

SOLON– The City of Solon reluctantly rained on hopes to relocate the Solon High School Homecoming Parade back downtown later this month.
The request, presented at a Sept. 7 city council meeting by members of the Solon Football Club, came too late to deal with the logistics of closing Main Street, Mayor Steve Stange said.
The parade, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, was before the council as a consent agenda item, but football parents were seeking to modify the event application and revert the route to its previous path.

Lady Spartans fall to No. 5 Mustangs, 3-0

SOLON– The varsity volleyball Lady Spartans fell in three sets to fifth-ranked (Class 3A) Mount Vernon Sept. 6 in Solon.
The loss dropped Solon to 4-7 on the season.
The Mustangs brought the offense in the 3-0 win (25-18, 25-19, 25-14), racking up 38 kills against the Lady Spartan defense.

Spartans blow past Chiefs

Solon rebounds with 42-0 conference win over Keokuk

SOLON– Storms abounded across the Iowa farmscape on Friday, Sept. 9, forcing back the start time of Solon’s game against the Keokuk Chiefs to 8 p.m. The winds picked up and the first leaves of the fall began their chaotic dance across the streets of Solon as Acivities Director Zach Wigle’s tweet warned the Spartan faithful of the delay just as the deluge began its slow progression over the field.

Girls 7th, boys 10th at Tipton’s Tiger Invitational

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
TIPTON– A hot day. A crowded, winding course. But Solon’s cross country teams turned up a variety of bright spots. Solon’s boys counted two top-25 runners with their 10th-place finish in the 21-school Tiger Invitational, Sept. 6, at Tipton City Park. The girls notched seventh place and placed two top-20 runners among the 20 teams and 107 varsity runners there.

Nicol and Kerkhoff finish 1-2 among Solon runners

9th annual Ely Fall Fest Sept. 16-18

ELY– The ninth annual Ely Fall Fest returns Sept. 16-18. The weekend festival begins Friday night with a Moonlight 5k and 1 mile run at 7:45 pm, followed with a community celebration. Saturday is an all-day festival featuring over 20 activities and events, including kids’ inflatables and games, an adult co-ed softball tournament, a cornhole tournament, pet parade, youth punt/pass/kick competition, magic show, wiener dog race, and live music throughout the day. The day is capped off with a fireworks display at dusk. Sunday is fully devoted to the Classic Car Show, 8 a.m. to 3:30 pm.

Getting ready for the show

“It’s going to rival any professional theatre that I’ve ever worked in, or seen.” – Jessica Frerich

SOLON– It’s going to be worth the wait.
The Solon Performing Arts Center (PAC) is scheduled for completion at the beginning of December, with a grand opening for three performances of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” set for January.
The new 809-seat auditorium, an addition to the high school, was approved by Solon Community School District voters as part of a $25.5 million bond issue in September 2014, which also included the construction of a new fifth through eighth grade middle school.

St. Mary Catholic Church hosts Harvest Festival Sept. 11

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church, in Solon, will host its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The community is invited to enjoy a chicken dinner, children and family activities, silent auction and more. This year, the top prize of the Harvest Festival Raffle will be season tickets for two to Hawkeye men’s basketball games. Tickets for the raffle are for sale at the church.

Ely Fall Fest Sept. 16-18

The weekend festival begins Friday night with a Moonlight 5K and 1-mile run at 7:45 p.m., followed with a community celebration. Saturday is an all-day festival featuring over 20 activities and events, including kids’ inflatables and games, an adult co-ed softball tournament, a cornhole tournament, pet parade, youth punt/pass/kick competition, magic show, wiener dog race and live music throughout the day. The day is capped with a fireworks display at dusk. Sunday is devoted to the Classic Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Solon Dance Team collecting coupons for troops

SOLON– The Solon Varsity Dance Team is collecting manufacturer’s coupons for troops overseas. In the past eight years with the community’s help, the team has sent more than $38,000 in manufacturer’s coupons. The first packet went to a naval base in Japan with almost $1,450 value in coupons to be used at the base’s commissary/grocery store. For those wishing to donate, coupons may be dropped off to Marjorie Lane at the high school, or call 319-624-3401, ext. 1116, or email mlane@solon.k12.ia.us to schedule a pick up.

Highway 965 bridge to close  for construction

NORTH LIBERTY– Weather permitting, bridge deck replacement on the Highway 965 bridge over the Iowa River will begin at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Construction should be complete by the end of November 2016. Cramer and Associates, of Grimes, will be the prime contractor. VJ Engineering, of Coralville, will provide construction oversight.

Solon Dance Team to sell gently used uniforms this month

SOLON– The Solon Dance Team is cleaning its closet and is selling gently used uniforms and props. Items would be great for Homecoming Spirit Week, Halloween or even for a kid’s pretend/dress up closet. Lots of colors and sizes are available, reasonably priced. Stop by the table at the Sept. 9 football game or after school Sept. 12-16, from 3:15-4 p.m., in the high school commons. If you have questions regarding the sale, contact Marjorie Lane at 319-624-3401, ext. 1116 or by email at mlane@solon.k12.ia.us.

Water restrictions lifted

An employee of Central Tank Coatings, Inc. of Elgin, paints an orange stripe around the Solon water tower Thursday, Sept. 1. The Solon City Council approved an additional $9,800 in cost for the tower painting to add the Solon Community School District Spartan logo to the west side (and add the stripes). The extra money was covered by the Solon Area Commuity Foundation ($5,000), the Solon Beef Days Committee ($4,000) and the Optimist Club of Solon ($1,000).